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HPE to aid Edinburgh’s data innovation ambitions

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Edinburgh’s aim to become the data capital of Europe will be powered through a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The company will work with Edinburgh University to build the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) in a deal with an expected value of more than $125 million over 10 years.

As a hub for innovation, the EIDF will enable R&D on initiatives such as food production, climate change, space exploration and genetically-tailored healthcare.

Mark Parsons, a director at the University of Edinburgh, said: “With the Edinburgh International Data Facility we are combining computing and data resources to create a facility that will allow organisations to use data to innovate throughout their organisations.”

Lee Rand, director of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence at HPE EMEA, said: “HPE is proud to embark on this long-term initiative with the University of Edinburgh, following a highly competitive tender process.

“In the data-centric era deriving insights and value from across multiple datasets will be a key to success for business and government alike.

“We look forward to boosting the UK’s capacity for data-driven innovation through this initiative.”

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